Davos Brands Acquires Aviation American Gin from House Spirits Distillery

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Premiere Importer and Marketer of Craft Spirits Continues Venture with Award-Winning Gin Brand

Davos Brands, an importer and marketer of craft spirits and premium Japanese sake, has acquired the Aviation American Gin brand from House Spirits Distillery. The move comes nearly two years after Davos Brands and House Spirits Distillery entered into a sales and marketing partnership that made Aviation American Gin one of the fastest growing spirits brands in the US. Under the terms of the deal, House Spirits Distillery will continue to produce the brand at its flagship distillery in Portland, Oregon, ensuring the same integrity and quality that make Aviation the highest-rated gin in the world.

“House Spirits Distillery has created a phenomenal brand in Aviation American Gin,” says Davos Brands’ Vice Chairman Guillaume Cuvelier. “As one of the leading craft spirits brands in the US, Aviation has been at the forefront of the craft spirits revolution for more than a decade. With this acquisition completed, we look forward to continuing to add best in class spirits brands to the Davos portfolio.”

“We’re incredibly proud of the role that Aviation American Gin played in revitalizing the global gin category, eventually growing to become the best-selling American craft gin. This is only the beginning, and we believe that Aviation has the potential to become a truly global brand,” added Thomas Mooney, Co-Owner and CEO, House Spirits Distillery. “The experience of the Davos Brands team, and the resources they bring to bear, will allow Aviation to continue on its growth trajectory and eventually become one of the world’s leading gin brands. For our part, House Spirits will continue to distill each and every bottle of Aviation, as we have done for more than a decade.”

Inspired by America's cocktail heritage, Aviation American Gin brings together traditional craft distilling with a unique blend of exotic spices and botanicals to make a balanced, structured and flavorful spirit that is exceptionally versatile. Touting the highest ever gin rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine – 97 points – Aviation is made from gluten-free American grain spirit and seven botanicals sourced from around the world.

About Davos Brands
Davos Brands’ mission is to build and develop the highest quality, best in class craft spirit brands that create a meaningful and valuable connection with consumers. This is done through teamwork, passion, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and relentless perseverance. The Davos Brands team members are recognized to be amongst the best performers in the industry; the team operates in a collegiate, open-structure, and dynamic mode. The team thinks out of the box and finds ways to obtain outstanding results through an entrepreneurial focus. Based in New York, the Davos Brands luxury portfolio is currently composed of TYKU Sake, Aviation Gin, Sombra Mezcal, and Astral Tequila. http://www.DavosBrands.com

About House Spirits Distillery
Founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence, one of the founders of the American Craft Spirits Association, and the anchor of Portland, Oregon’s famed Distillery Row. House Spirits Distillery’s award-winning products are made exclusively in-house and are crafted in small batches with an intense and passionate pursuit of perfection using ethically sourced ingredients. The product portfolio includes several pioneering brands including the grain to glass Westward Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, Krogstad Aquavit, and Volstead Vodka.

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